Health and Wellness

Trustyle Salon offers free men's haircuts

The Trustyle Salon, located on the first floor of the Truax Campus, is offering free men’s haircuts on Monday, July 17, at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Cosmetology students will work alongside their instructors during this time. Please be aware that there is a time commitment of two and a half hours per haircut.

If you are interested, please contact Hospitality instructor Jeff Patterson

Published July 10, 2017. Updated July 17, 2017.

Stress Reduction Workshop offered at Truax Campus

Students of the Therapeutic Massage program are hosting a Stress Reduction Workshop in the Atrium of the Health Education and Information Technology Building.

The workshop is Thursday, July 13, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to staff, students and the public.

Stations will highlight various stress reduction techniques including:

  • Complimentary chair massage – first come-first serve with sign-up to begin at 3:20 p.m.
  • Comfort food alternatives
  • Luxuriate in your senses
  • Music and art
  • Laughter






Everyone is welcome to drop in to learn about stress reduction strategies and techniques from the Madison College Therapeutic Massage Students.

Published June 28, 2017.

Volunteer to get fit

Looking for someone to create a personalized fitness plan just for you?  Volunteer to become a simulation client for the spring '17 Personal Trainer Development course.  Each volunteer will be paired up with a student from the class.  At the conclusion of the semester your student will have created a program tailored to your goals!  To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Adrian Shepard, Recreation Management Program faculty, at (608) 616-3566.  This opportunity is on a first come, first served basis.


Published January 30, 2017.

Mindfulness class scheduled for Truax

Sign up for the Resiliency through Mindfulness class, occurring every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. This class will take place in the Truax Health Building beginning Feb. 1 and ending March 29 (the room number will be provided after registering).

Mindfulness can expand your practice exponentially through cultivating mindful presence, unconditional kindness, acceptance, patience and curiosity we can become more effective, resilient and effective professionals. These techniques are based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research on decreasing physical and emotional chronic pain, as well as Kristin Neff’s research on Mindful Self-Compassion.

To register, please call (608) 258-2301 and choose option two. Please sign up at least one week prior to the first class. The cost of the class is $229.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Program Coordinator Amanda La Grew at (608) 243-4483.

Published January 9, 2017.

Participate in the Madison College Turkey Trot

Join the 31st Annual Madison College Turkey Trot 5K and 5M Run/Walk, and Kids Race on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Warner Park in Madison.

This event is a unique cross country style run/walk laid out over the terrain of Warner Park. Last year's event drew almost 400 participants.

In addition to the best technical race t-shirts in the area, the unique cross country style race and the top quality custom-made medals, we also have a fun 1/4 mile Turkey Trot Kids Race. Kids taking part in the race receive a free t-shirt, race bib and finisher's medal for just $12 (before Wednesday, October 18).

All proceeds from the event benefit Thursday's Child and the Madison College Foundation. Thursday's Child makes dreams come true for terminally ill children at no cost while the Madison College Foundation provides educational assistance to students. Both serve Dane County and the surrounding areas.

The race is also a proud member of the Madison Area Running Series.

For more information on the event and online registration, visit the website. To get a race t-shirt and a discount on your entry fee register before Wednesday, Oct. 18. Registration after Oct. 18 is also available, including race-day on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Turkey Trot schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. - On-site registration
  • 9:30 a.m.- Kids Race (1/4 Mile)
  • 10 a.m. - 5 Kilometer (3.1 Miles)
  • 11 a.m. - 5 Mile
  • Walkers - 5K or 5 Mile - After 9 a.m.

Like us on Facebook to vote on this year's t-shirt color and to receive a promo code for a discount on your race registration

Published September 30, 2016. Updated October 11, 2017.

Simulation clients sought for Wellness course

Adrian Shepard, faculty member in the Recreation Management program, is seeking Madison College employees to serve as simulation clients for students in the Wellness Coaching and Promotion course this fall. 

Each volunteer will be paired up with one student from the course. The student will then serve as a wellness coach for the volunteer (simulation client) and practice the skills they have learned and are learning through the semester. 

There is no fee associated with this experience. However, volunteers must be willing to commit for the remainder of the semester, be available to serve as clients for the coaches and be motivated. This experience begins the week of October 10 and ends December 4. 

The first 24 people to respond will be matched up with a student. A waiting list will be created in the event that someone changes their mind.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Adrian Shepard at (608) 616-3566. 

Published September 30, 2016.

Register for yoga classes

A new session of yoga classes starts the week of October 26 in the Fitness Center at the Truax Campus.

Check out the new schedule and pricing options on the website; select the "Fitness" menu and click on "Class Schedule."


Published September 30, 2016.

Flu shots available at every campus

Save a trip to the clinic; get your flu shot at Madison College. This fall, we are offering walk-in flu shot clinics at every campus.

Flu shots on these days are free of charge for students taking credit classes. The cost is also covered for employees enrolled in GHC or WPS health insurance. All health insurance plans cover in-network flu shots at 100% as a preventive care service (no co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible).

Everyone should bring their health insurance card and OneCard to get a flu shot. This year we are offering the quadrivalent influenza vaccine at the following locations:

  • Truax Main Building, Redsten Gym 
    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Administered by GHC and Madison College Nursing Students/Faculty

  • Truax Health Education Building, East Entrance (Facing the Gateway) 
    Wednesday, Oct. 12: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Administered by GHC and Madison College Nursing Students/Faculty

  • South Campus, Room SM120 
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9 - 10 a.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Downtown Campus, Room 245 
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Commercial Avenue Campus, Room 120
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2 - 3 p.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Watertown Campus 
    Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Fort Atkinson Campus, Room 157
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Reedsburg Campus, Room 118
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Portage Campus, Room 125
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

Insurance Billing:

  • GHC can bill the flu shot to Madison College Student Health Services, GHC, WPS, and Medicare.
  • VaxPro can bill the flu shot to Madison College Student Health Services, GHC, WPS, Medicare, United Healthcare, Humana, Anthem, Dean, Physician Plus, The Alliance, HPS, Network Health Plan, WEA Trust, and UMR (not UnityPoint Health).

Madison-based students taking credit classes may also get a flu shot for $17 Monday through Friday at the GHC clinic at Truax.

Ask your health care provider or visit the Centers for Disease Control website to decide if a flu shot is right for you.

Questions? Contact Anna Marie Hoffmann or Lisa Lanting.

Published September 29, 2016. Updated September 30, 2016.

Walk on October 2 to end Alzheimer's

Madison College Biotech students have created a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Registration is free and this is a family-friendly event. Fundraising is not required, but if you'd like an official event t-shirt, you must raise at least $100.

To join the team or make a donation, visit the Madison College Biotech Team page.

  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Location: James Madison Memorial High School
  • Distance: 2 miles

All registered participants can receive a Promise Flower to honor those who have been affected by Alzheimer's:

  • Blue represents someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.
  • Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Questions? Contact Oana Martin, Team Captain

Published September 19, 2016. Updated September 21, 2016.

Well Credits winners announced

June Caruso took home the grand prize in this year's Well Credits drawing. She won waived health and dental insurance premiums for the next fiscal year. Kelly Rolling, from the President's office, drew the winner on Thursday, June 16, in a random, blind drawing. Other winners received their choice of a Fitbit, Aria scale, home blood pressure monitor, movie tickets, yoga kit, fitness gear, cooking supplies or books.

Below are the winners who made huge efforts over the past year to care for their health and well-being:

  • Barb Arnold
  • Lynn Baldwin
  • Ashley Bauer
  • Chelsey Bauer
  • Tara Brennan
  • Dixie Burns
  • Jody Cooper
  • Jennifer Edens
  • Carol Endl
  • Phil Gasper
  • Tammy Gibbs
  • Jodi Goldbeck
  • Peter Grafton
  • Sue Helminski
  • Annette Kornell
  • Brant Kraemer
  • Kristen Kretchmann
  • Lisa Kromenaker
  • Cheryl Krueger
  • Lynea Lavoy
  • Jennifer Meek
  • Priyanka Mehta
  • Kelly Moehling
  • Leah Narans
  • Robin Nickel
  • Catarina Poehnelt
  • Linda Pruss
  • Lori Stier
  • Mollie Stolbov
  • Christine Strub

Well Credits is a year-long program where employees can earn points for getting check-ups, screenings and participating in activities that support health and well-being. The next Well Credits program will run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published June 16, 2016. Updated June 17, 2016.